06/29/15 4:50pm
Alexandria Fire Department badge

The Alexandria Fire Department reminds those who visit, live, and work in the City of Alexandria that it is unlawful for any person to store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, use or explode any fireworks (including sparklers) within the City limits. The Fire Marshal will, at the owner’s expense, seize and take all fireworks found in the City. The above offenses are Class One misdemeanors in the City of Alexandria and are punishable by a $2,500 fine and/or up to 12 months in prison.

Fireworks violations may be reported to the Alexandria Fire Department at 703-746-5227 or the Alexandria Police Department at 703.838.4444.

Decades of tragic experience have proved that fireworks are too dangerous to be used at home by amateurs. Improper handling of fireworks and sparklers all too often results in injuries. More than 9,600 fireworks injuries occur annually. Of these, 62% of fireworks injuries were burns, while 20% are lacerations. Young people suffer the majority of fireworks injuries, which can result in amputations, severe eye injuries, disfigurement, and even death.

Alexandrians can enjoy the excitement and beauty of fireworks at City-sponsored events. These programs are presented by professionals working in compliance with City codes and ordinances. For information on these events, call the Alexandria special events line at 703.746.5592 or 703.746.5418.

For more information, contact Andrea Buchanan/ Russell Furr, Assistant Fire Marshals, Alexandria Fire Department.

06/29/15 3:55pm

Engine 202
Building to Reopen June 30

This morning, Monday June 29, a small fire began in the attic of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. The museum’s sprinkler system immediately discharged and the fire was quickly extinguished by the Alexandria Fire Department and City staff. The Museum’s 1792 building, including Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, was affected by the water from the sprinkler system. City staff are following the Museum’s disaster plan to minimize damage to the building and its collection.

The Museum and the Restaurant will open to the public for regular operations on Tuesday, June 30; however, Tuesday evening dance classes at the Museum will be cancelled.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

(Flicker Pool photo by Mick, on Flickr)

06/29/15 3:47pm

An extraordinary home for sale in Alexandria, Virginia's Warwick Village neighborhood at 128 Sanborn Place
This extraordinary 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath townhouse is for sale and located at 128 Sanborn Place in the Warwick Village neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Via the listing

Three level, end unit townhouse in Del Ray with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Features include an open & spacious floor plan, gas fireplace, separate dining room, kitchen nook perfect for an office space, large master en suite with walk-in closet, lower level rec room (with bath rough-in) and a one car garage. Private rear patio and yard provides a quiet oasis. Walk to “The Avenue”!

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

Looking for a home for rent or for sale in the Alexandria, Virginia area? Click this link to search our real estate listings.

If you have a home to sell or to rent in the Alexandria, Virginia area, consider putting it in front of the areas FASTEST growing audience. Click this link for details.

06/29/15 2:31pm

Question is, will they be performing?

After Northern Virginia’s own Dave Grohl broke his leg earlier this month in Sweden, I wondered, as many other fans did, will the Foo Fighters still make the 20th Anniversary Blowout in D.C. on July 4?

The band answered that question on Twitter earlier TODAY.


06/29/15 2:10pm

Light flooding at foot of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Here were the most popular posts on Red Brick Town this past week (June 22-June 28,2015):

  1. Sunday Discussion: Alexandria’s Appomattox Statue (Open Thread) Our weekly Sunday thread generated quite a bit of discussion this week. Readers were/are VERY passionate on both sides of the topic.
  2. Alexandria Police Respond to ‘Shots Fired’ Call Near Beverly Hills These types of incidents have been happening with more and more frequency this year. What do you think?
  3. Alexandria Police Arrest Two After Officer Involved Shooting Thankfully no one was hurt in this incident that happened near the Wakefield-Tarleton neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.
  4. First-Ever Alexandria Live Music Week is Almost Here! #LiveMusicWeek I am SO looking forward to this week in July. What about you?
  5. Flooding in Alexandria, Virginia in the Flickr Pool There was light flooding from Saturday’s deluge of rain in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia along the waterfront (see above).
  6. A Timeline from Terrible Traffic Tuesday in Alexandria We obtained a City Hall memo that described the timeline from ‘Terrible Traffic Tuesday’ in detail.
  7. Alexandria, Virginia Open Houses June 27-28, 2015 Our real estate section of the website has a great open house listing every weekend. Have you checked it out yet?
  8. Alexandria Fire Department Responds to Building Smoke Call in Carlyle The fire department doesn’t fool around when it comes to possible commercial building fires in Alexandria, Virginia.
  9. Alexandria Police Investigate Serious Crash at North Beauregard and North Armistead Streets This bad accident closed lanes in the Beauregard neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia for hours last week.
  10. Blackwall Hitch in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia – Grand Opening First Look Folks still want a glimpse of the new Blackwall Hitch in Alexandria, Virginia.

(Photo via Red Brick Town Flickr Pool)